Category Archives: Qutotable

The Great Social Media Debate and What That Has to do With Cussing Priests


I adore my friend David precisely because he is a cussing priest, a totally kick storyteller AND because he will take the time to fight with me for hours (and HOURS ’til 2 in the morning when I stopped the debate because I needed a Subway sandwich) about how social media will ruin his life and mine. And I adore him because then he turns around and sends me links to two stunningly interesting blogs about religion, values and ideas. Here they are:

Episocopal Cafe : Is beautiful, well organized and includes some nice video pieces.
The Immanent Frame: Rocks my world. I love how Episcopalians just go there in a way that is both intellectual and populist. In the post to which I’ve linked, check out another cussing theologian, Siobahn Garrigan for some grounding on the homosexual debate within the Anglican church.

Thanks David!

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Amen, Brothuh: Robb Davis on the Bike Trip and Social Capital

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Thanh Dang

Click here for Robb Davis’ take on what we learned, how we learned it, and what-the-heck good is it?

Click here for Spokes – the movie that shows you what he’s talking about.

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Dropping Keys – JPL on the Poetics of Peacebuilding


The small woman

Builds cages for everyone



While the sage,

Who has to duck her head

When the moon is low,

Keeps dropping keys all night long

For the





John Paul Lederach, founding director of my masters program at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding spoke at EMU campus a few weeks ago and as usual treated us to the elegant insurgency of being profoundly liberated and creative.

Have a listen to his talk – the Poetics of Peacebuilding posted here.

Photo pashasha. cc: attribute/share/remix/share alike.

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The Secret Sauce

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A collection of wise quotes from one long-lost friend to another.

“For every complex question there is a simple answer, and it is wrong.”   H.L. Mencken.

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.  Albert Einstein

“True genius lies in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous and conflicting information.”   Winston Churchill

“Some things are not problems to be solved, but facts to be endured” Ariel Sharon

The “Secret Sauce”: Herodotus tells us that the ancient Persians would make all major decisions while drunk, and then reconsider the decisions the next day while sober. If the sober decision agreed with the inebriated decision, they would go forward; if not, the process would be repeated.

AN UNSPEAKABLE horror gripped me.  There was darkness; then a dizzy, sickening sensation of sight that was not like seeing; I saw a Line that was no Line; Space that was not Space:  I was myself, and not myself.  When I could find voice, I shrieked aloud in agony, “Either this is madness or it is Hell.”  “It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of the Sphere, “it is knowledge; it is Three Dimensions:  open your eye once again and try to look steadily.”  I looked, and behold, a new world.   Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland, 1884.

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On Releasing the Silent S and Q

“Now you grow dull.”

-Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth the Golden Age to Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) when he becomes predictable.

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On Writing Sonnets and Planning Invasions

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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The Collapsible Paint Tube and the State of the Internet

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”  Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google.

Good talk today with Video Web Apps class about how the world has changed, is changing right under our feet… how people see themselves, each other, their communities and power structures differently.  And how one tool can fuel these changes.  The internet is making that happen now.  I contend that the invention of the collapsible paint tube in 1841 started a ball rolling on allowing individuals to cast off a lot of the roles imposed on them because artists were able to draw more freely out in the mist and in smoke filled rooms – at dawn and twilight.   They weren’t tied to the “objective” environments of their studios anymore. People began to see themselves differently

Now people are not tied to the “objective”  media or power structures.  Blogging, sharing information is far more than ego platforms, stupid videos and ease of contact.  The internet puts power in the hands of individuals who use it.  I contend we must be intentional and use it wisely.  We complain about power structures.  We now have tools to see ourselves differently and change all that.  No more whining.  Get blogging.

Thanks to student blogger Frankie Coto for the movie:

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